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Same movie, different critics: Superbad

Michael Janusonis in last Friday's ProJo:

Superbad is another of those teens-behaving-badly-coming-of-age movies. You could say it’s outrageous. You could say it’s sometimes funny. You could say that it has a sweet and wistful ending. All true.

Unfortunately, it’s also vulgar and lowbrow.

Manohla Dargis in last Friday's NY Times:

The divide between what a man says — and what he thinks he should say, especially to other men — and how he really feels inside largely defines the comedic ethos of Judd Apatow, one of the movie’s producers and its spiritual laughing light. Much like “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Knocked Up,” both of which Mr. Apatow directed and either wrote or helped write, “Superbad” largely works not because the jokes are funny, which they generally are, even on the spitometer. It works because no matter how unapologetically vulgar their words, no matter how single-mindedly priapic their preoccupations, these men and boys are good and decent and tender and true. They never take cruel or callous advantage. They call. They love. They marry.

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